Corby principal meets Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street

Brooke Weston Academy principal Trish Stringer meets Prime Minister David Cameron
Brooke Weston Academy principal Trish Stringer meets Prime Minister David Cameron

The principal of Corby’s Brooke Weston Academy chatted with Prime Minister David Cameron about the future of teaching schools during a visit to 10 Downing Street.

Trish Stringer was invited to the event, a celebration of teachers and teaching, by Corby and East Northamptonshire’s Conservative prospective Parliamentary candidate Tom Pursglove.

Brooke Weston Academy is a teaching school, which means it works with other schools to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced staff.

The academy was one of the first 100 schools in the UK to be designated as a teaching school, although there are now ten in the county.

Mrs Stringer said: “I was very lucky to represent Northamptonshire in the trip to Downing Street.

“I spoke to Mr Cameron about the role of teaching schools at present and in the future.

“He seemed committed to them and said he felt they would remain, regardless of the outcome of the forthcoming election.”

Mrs Stringer said Brooke Weston Academy works closely with the local authority and other schools as part of its role as a teaching school.

She added: “The visit to Downing Street was very informative.

“It was actually the second time I have been – I was invited last year for another education-related event.

“The first time I went I felt like I did not really take it all in, but I had more time to look around on this occasion.

“I feel very fortunate as I’m sure there are lots of people who would like to have a look around 10 Downing Street.”